Tribune-American Dream Picture
OAKLAND TRIBUNE DREAM FILM. Tribune-American Dream Picture sponsored by American Theatre and Oakland Tribune which gave a prize for the most unusual dream made into a photoplay. Mrs. L.L. Nicholson of Oakland submitted the winning scenario, about losing her baby and then finding the child after a frantic trip to the Ferry Building in a rowboat.
Dreams Surrealism Oakland, California
Subject: Where's the baby? THERE HE IS!
The film starts off normally enough, with a mother taking care of her baby, and then stops for a short rest while holding him in her lap. She eventually slips into La-la Land and that's where the real story starts....
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholson are off to a picnic to meet some friends in Marin County, and bring along their baby in a basket to the car. As they drive off, the car starts acting up in very strange ways so they pull over and check it out. They realize they won't arrive in time, and taking the baby basket decide to take a train. After the train ride, mother says it is time to feed baby. She gets out a baby bottle and removes the blanket to reveal a parent's worst nightmare... BABY'S GONE! Did the baby fall out while they were in the car? They must get back to Oakland, so they take the least obvious choice, a rowboat. Eventually they find a traffic cop, and finally find baby behind something rather silly.
I have to say, this surreal film is one of the best dream movies I've seen. The usual mundane beginning followed by ever increasing strange events and even stranger choices of action made me think of my own dreams. When I had a rather young one, I had similar dreams, and luckily usually ended up with finding baby as well. Definitely worth seeing in this collection.
Subject: Sounds fishy to me
Subject: Here's the house today
Subject: Not much has changed
Subject: Excellent idea, film well done
Subject: An excursion that won't soon be forgotten
Subject: Attention: Mendax
It would be fascinating to see a "then and now" snapshot.
Subject: a gem
Subject: Time capsule on film
When the baby is discovered to have disappeared it's interesting to see that the father panics and the mother remains calm and collected. The baby is very cute. He'd be about 81 or 82 now. I wonder if he's still among us.
Subject: Baby in a Basket
Amusing action in the background with the "gawkers" looking on and in one scene, it appears that a "Crowd Control" officer is trying to get in on the act.
Subject: Remarkable and amusing